Andrew Vaughn hasn’t wasted much time in making a name for himself since he arrived at Cal.
In 2017, he was named Pac-12 Freshman of the Year and a Freshman All-American by the National College Baseball Writers Association. He one-upped himself in his second season, tearing through the campaign and earning College Baseball Player of the Year honors from Perfect Game and Rawlings.
— Cal Baseball (@CalBaseball) June 13, 2018
The Pac-12 Player of the Year batted .402 (the third-highest single-season average in Cal baseball history), hit 23 home runs (tying Xavier Nady’s 1999 season for most in school history and finishing second in the country in the category), drove in 63 runs in 199 plate appearances and posted a .992 fielding percentage as the Golden Bears finished 32-22 (16-14 in Pac-12 play). For his career, he’s batting .374 with 113 RBI and 35 home runs.
“For me it’s staying simple and staying consistent speaking to my approach,” Vaughn said in a recent phone interview with Perfect Game. “I had a pretty good last year during my freshman year as to what I was going to do at the plate and I fine-tuned some things coming out of the summer and coming out of the fall going into the spring. I think that helped me and kept my on my path of success hitting college pitching.”
— NCAA Baseball (@NCAACWS) June 7, 2018
In the meantime, as Perfect Game’s Patrick Ebert wrote, he’ll need to acquire a bigger trophy case.